Update: Netanyahu offers to pass 2 year budget in Government but not in
Dr. Aaron Lerner 2 August 2020
Israel Radio Reshet Bet's 8:00 AM news bulletin reports according to their
correspondent Ze'ev Kam that Prime Minister Netanyahu's team proposed to
Blue White to pass a 2 year budget in Government but not in the Knesset.
This way Blue White leader Gantz has a "victory" that a budget covering 2021
is passed by the Government while leaving open the option for Mr. Netanyahu
to run while prime minister in snap elections in March 2021.
The Likud supports the proposal.
This is not a parody.
This mess started 6 June, 2020 when Channel 12 political commentator Amit
Segal explained that there was a "void" in the Likud - Blue White agreement
which would allow for Prime Minister Netanyahu to screw Blue White leader
Gantz and deny him from EVER becoming prime minister. It "only" required
violating the commitment in the agreement to have a two year budget.
For a video of Segal's 6 June remarks (Hebrew):
Treasury Minister Katz: Netanyahu won't forfeit option to run as PM in snap
elections in 2021
Dr. Aaron Lerner 1 August 2020
In an interview with YNET on July 20,2020 Treasury Minister Yisrael Katz
(Likud) explained that while Prime Minister was not going to honor his
written commitment to Blue White for a two year budget because "it is
impossible to achieve in August", that "there is no possibility nor is it
reasonable that Prime Minister Netanyahu should put on himself sanctions
next March that are not in the law".
Katz was relating to the fact that while the written commitment to Blue
White has Gantz become prime minister in October 2021 and/or if the Likud
causes snap elections while Netanyahu is prime minister that a "void" in the
structure of the agreement provides that if elections are held in March 2021
because of a failure to pass a budget for 2021 that Mr. Netanyahu would run
in those elections as prime minister.
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